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A pair of Menlo soccer players named NAIA All-Americans

 

Gunn High grad Sam Zipperstein has been all-league in both soccer and baseball. Now he can say he's an All-American.

Zipperstein, a senior defender at Menlo College, was named an NAIA All-American honorable mention Monday along with Oaks' junior goalkeeper Alex Palomarez.

"The coaching staff and program are really happy and proud of the two players," Menlo coach Mike Keller said. "They worked hard all year and were outstanding in all of our games. I'm glad they were recognized on the national level."

Both players were instrumental in helping the Oaks win the Cal Pac Conference championship and qualify for the program's first trip to the NAIA national tournament.

Palomarez has been previously honored as the Cal Pac Conference Player of the Year after receiving the conference Defensive Player of the Week recognition on five different occasions. He was also recognized as the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week award in mid-October.

Zipperstein had also earned an All-Conference spot as his 11 assists put him in the top 20 in the nation.

Men's basketball

Menlo College senior Tim Tatum was named Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week for his efforts in helping the Oaks beat Academy of Art last weekend at venerable Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco.

Tatum scored 29 points and had seven rebounds against the NCAA Division II team. He is second in the conference in field goal percentage (56 percent), rebounds per game (6.9) and defensive rebounds per game (4.7), third in offensive rebounds per game (2.2), fourth in points per game (16.2) and free throw percentage (78 percent).

The Oaks (2-8) visit NCAA Division III UC Santa Cruz for a nonconference contest Saturday at 7 p.m.

Women's basketball

Menlo College freshman Laurel Donnenwirth, who averaged a double double last weekend, earned Cal Pac Conference Player of the Week honors for the performance.

Donnenwirth averaged 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as the Oaks split two games at the Slugs Classic hosted by UC Santa Cruz.

Donnenwirth ranks first in the Cal Pac in field goal percentage (55.6 percent), second in offensive rebounds per game (2.8), sixth in free throw percentage (70.3 percent) and rebounds per game (6.3), and seventh in scoring (11.8).

The Oaks (3-6) host Concordia University on Friday at 6 p.m. and NCAA Division II Cal State East Bay on Sunday at 3 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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